Nov 29, 2007

And Speaking of Blogs

Guess who's been spending quite a bit of time today mining LTRS for info:

The screen shots of what they were looking at are below (click to enlarge). What does it mean? Is the intelligence community interested in the goings-on at LANL, or did some individual just want to take a peek?



What's, you wonder? Well, so did I. Here's what I found out about them. From this web site

Foreign Military Studies Office
Joint Reserve Intelligence Center


formerly known as The Open Source Information System (OSIS)

Intelink-U is a virtual private network -- a government intranet. It provides a protected environment to exchange unclassified and FOUO/SBU US Government and other open source data among Intelligence Community and other selected organizations. The Intelink-U firewalls safeguard government information resources and allow customers access to both the Intelink-U network and the public Internet. This gives Intelink-U users a single point of access to an unprecedented amount of unclassified open source information. Intelink-U is operated by the Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions (ICES).

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This site,, also describes OSIS.

FAS Project on Intelligence Reform

Open Source Information System (OSIS)

The Open Source Information System (OSIS) was formerly the name of an unclassified network serving the intelligence community with open source intelligence.

In mid 2006, the name OSIS and the network and content to which it referred were decoupled. The network piece is now named DNI-U while the content piece is named Intelink-U.

The DNI-U network is maintained by the DNI-CIO Intelligence Community Enterprise Services office (ICES).

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Anonymous said...

It's probaly some guy thinking, "damn, maybe OSIS isn't such a bad place to work."

Anonymous said...

If US Intel really wanted to monitor your website, trust me, you wouldn't have the slightness idea they were watching you.

This is just some guy over at OSIS who is curious or perhaps even some visiting labbie who was given access time on one of their open PCs. Relax, there is no need to start up any conspiracy theories.

At the very least, US Intel would be using something like the open source Torpark to view this site. In fact, Torpark was developed with the help of funding from US Naval Intelligence!

"A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations."

Of course, if you do a traceroute on packets and see they are going through one of those AT&T internet mega-hubs, well, who knows what happens out there in the big bad world of US telecoms? Just remember, your government is here to help you. Don't be afraid... for now.